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Category Archives: Early Years

Wearable Arts and Music Festival

WOW! We had the privilege to join in a wearable art event that Best-Start Lower North Island team organized. They called it  WAM (Wearable Arts and Music). At BestStart Tory Street we thought we would  promote our centre vision through this event. Therefore our kaiako started to think of creative ideas of how to represent our […]

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Get a Grandy, Grow a Garden

Get a Grandy, Grow a Garden is a pilot programme for the Sustainability Trust which we are delighted to be involved in at Early Years Leeds St. The purpose of the programme is to bring younger and older generations together over gardening. Every few weeks senior citizens from Huntleigh Retirement village venture out to our centre to […]

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WAM Festival

Early Years Petone was one of 24 BestStart centres participating in the inaugural WAM festival (Wearable Arts and Music) on 18 July. The festival was all about encouraging creativity and learning about sustainability. The key was to have fun being creative. What an incredible experience it was for our children. So much excitement and preparation […]

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Wonderful WAM

Early Years Leeds Street were one of 24 BestStart centres participating in the inaugural WAM festival (Wearable Arts and Music) on 18 July. The festival was all about encouraging creativity and learning about sustainability. The key was to have fun being creative. What an incredible experience it was for our children. So much excitement and […]

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Matariki 2018

At Early Years Tory Street tamariki have been very busy the last couple of weeks getting ready to celebrate Matariki at the centre. We were learning new Maori waiata and actions to go with them which was tricky in the beginning. But with lots of practice in the morning and afternoon they all learnt the […]

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Celebrations

We have had a busy couple of months at Early Years Silverstream!  In May we hosted a Mother’s Day brunch for all our wonderful Mums.  This was a great time for families to get together, meet each other and share stories of their children with one another. In June we celebrated Matariki with parent information […]

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Roadworks

The children at Early Years Rongotai  had a very exciting learning opportunity recently – our road had some workers sealing the road! Our lovely administrator Kathy managed to get us into the good books of the site foreman – and he was kind enough to set up barriers, so we could all come out and […]

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Pink Ribbon Breakfast

For the forth year running Early Years Petone hosted their annual Pink Ribbon Breakfast in support of the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation. We had a great morning and a huge feast for breakfast raising just over $700! Last year Pink Ribbon Breakfasts raised an incredible 1.8 million dollars. This year the money we raised will help fund […]

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Doing our bit

The Early Years Petone team have been doing a little bit of brainstorming around sustainability and how we can do our bit as a centre. We want to be able support our children’s knowledge and understanding of sustainability and what this means. Our first initiative is to try and reduce our uses of plastics and paper […]

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Rememberance

Early Years Petone Will Remember The Anzac Day service at the base of Petone railway station’s memorial flagpole is remarkable for its focus on railway staff involved in war service and its historical significance as one of the first Anzac Day observances. The service is the only one in the country which specifically remembers railwaymen and […]

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